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Sauk County Nixle Information System
Tuesday November 5th, 2019 :: 04:25 p.m. CST

Advisory

Winter Safety Message from Village of Prairie du Sac

Winter Public Safety

The Village of Prairie du Sac requires sidewalks (including crosswalk entrances) to be cleared of snow and ice within 12 hours after the snow or ice ceases to fall by the adjacent property owner/ occupant. If ice has formed on any sidewalk so that it cannot be immediately removed, the sidewalk shall be kept sprinkled with salt, sawdust or sand. If walks are not maintained as required, the Village is authorized to clear it and the cost of doing so will be charged against the property, if not paid, will be assessed to the property’s tax bill. In addition to abatement costs, violators are subject to fines. A separate offense shall be deemed committed during each day during which a violation occurs or continues. Please report un-cleared sidewalks to the Sauk Prairie Police Department by calling 643-2427.

The Village of Prairie du Sac requires that all vehicles be off the streets once there is a snow accumulation of 2 inches of snow to allow for snow plowing. This parking restriction remains in effect for 48 hours after the snow has stopped or until the streets are cleared. During this restriction, parking is available in the following municipal lots: Water Street, Third Street, Fourth Street, Washington Street and Galena Street Public Lots.

The Village of Prairie du Sac also prohibits the blowing, pushing or otherwise depositing of snow or ice upon any streets or alleyways. This includes pushing and/or piling snow across the street from your property.

Per Village ordinance, it is the owner/occupant responsibility to keep mailboxes free and clear of snow. If you house number is on your mailbox, you must keep it clear of snow so that the number is plainly visible.

Residents/Property Owners are encouraged to adopt a fire hydrant by keeping it clear of snow and ice so that it is easily accessible in an emergency. (See/click the diagram on the right.)

During winter months, refuse items including garbage and recycling put out for collection shall not be placed on top of snow banks, nor shall they be placed in the street or alley ways. Instead, residents and businesses are encouraged to either shovel out an area behind the curb to place the items or place them in your driveway immediately behind the curb line. Placing items on the snow banks has the potential to cause injury to collection employees. Placing the items within the street or alley ways can hinder snow plowing operations, cause damage to equipment and/or property or injuries.

Why do the plows block my driveway with snow?

Throughout the winter months, Village crews will be out clearing the streets during and after snowfalls. At the same time residents are clearing their driveways. Many times while this is going on, a snowplow truck will go by and fill in the end of a freshly cleared driveway with snow from the road, causing frustration and more clearing for residents. Please understand that the village’s first priority is the safety of the traveling public and clearing the roads of snow and ice and pushing it off of the street and parking lanes, and sometimes into driveways, is a necessary wintertime evil.

The plow truck usually makes one pass to open the road up so residents may get in and out. Then the truck comes back to widen the street for future snow accumulation and to make room to park cars on the street. Residents sometimes call and ask why we cannot pick up or turn the blade when going by their driveway. This is not a practical solution and our drivers would never finish clearing the roads due to the multitude of driveways.

There is, however, a method of clearing your driveway that can help minimize the amount of snow (and frustration) during the winter months: 

  • If possible (not always practical), clear your driveway after we have finished plowing the roads. Keep in mind that village ordinance requires property owners to clear their sidewalks of snow/ice within 12 hours of the end of a storm.
  • When clearing your driveway, place as much snow as possible in the direction of travel, on the downstream side of the road.
  • Clear an area upstream from your driveway opening to form a “pocket” for the snow from the road to go into. The result? More of the snow from the road will go into the pocket and less will land in the end of your driveway. 

 

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Baraboo, WI 53913

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